Saturday, January 17, 2015

Before and After- The Kitchen

I love a good before and after.

I've posted about our kitchen herehere and here but have never posted the completed after shots. 

It was a process. We were without a functioning kitchen for about 3 months. Greg did most of the work himself on nights and weekends. I tried to pitch in where I could but was limited in my abilities. 

The open shelving is one of my favorite aspects. Greg was able to locate a thick oak slab from a lumber yard that he cut into shelves. I wanted them to be distressed so Greg rounded up random items from the garage (nuts, bolts, nails, chains, etc) and we went to town on them.

We went through a wholesaler and saved on the cabinets so that we could splurge on the counter tops. I had mentioned wanting Carrera marble but knew that the upkeep would not work for us. While Greg was busy with the construction I searched high and low for a workable substitute. It took me quite a few trips to different stone yards but I finally came across White Macauba quartzite and knew I had found the one. It has the properties and maintenance of granite but the look of marble. 

I am so pleased with how it turned out. This room is literally the center of our house so this makeover has made more of an impact on the overall feel of our home than any other.